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Picture of Spreading dogbane Plant press of Spreading dogbane
Spreading dogbane
Apocynum androsaemifolium L. var. incanum DC.


Plant Description:

  • Many-branched, open-forest or sandy soils plant growing up to 150 cm tall
  • Oval, opposite leaves with a hairy underside
  • Drooping, bell-shaped, pink-white flowers form at the ends of branches and at the axils of the leaves
  • Inside the flower is a scale with teeth - when the scale is touched by an insect, the teeth spring inwards to trap the insect
  • Gives off a pleasent smell
  • Milky juice in the stem that can irritate sensitive skin
  • Once thought to be a hair-growth stimulant
  • Found at Stops 1, 2, 7, and 11

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-Sourced from Budd's Flora of the Canadian Prairie Provinces, 1979 and
Plants of the Western Boreal Forest & Aspen Parkland, 1995.
Refer to references for full publication details.

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